A&P Choosing an SLR for a beginner

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  1. r00tman

    r00tman Archiver of LOLs

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    After years of owning several Point & Shoot's, I’m looking to take my photography hobby to the next level and purchase an SLR camera soon. I was wondering if you guys could help me select a good all-around DSLR camera for an SLR newbie like myself.
    I was looking at the following entry-level models and comparing their features:

    - Canon 400D (XTi)
    - Canon 450D (XSi)
    - Nikon D40x
    - Nikon D60
    - Sony Alpha A100

    So far I'm leaning towards the Canon 400D, but the Nikon D60 is in a close second. I'm also looking into the Nikon D50 (used) as well. At this point, I wouldn't mind buying used since this is my first venture into DSLR photography. I don’t want to spend more than $800. What do you guys think?

    Also, what’s the deal with this Canon vs. Nikon war? lol

    Any answers would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks
     
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  2. newbee

    newbee OT Supporter

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    I'm a newbee to SLR photography too. :wiggle: Most people will come in here and tell you to get the Canon, because of lens selection.
     
  3. OneTwo

    OneTwo me>you OT Supporter

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    the XT, XTi, and XSi are all great and fairly cheap.

    i would suggest you get a XT since its the cheapest and learn from there. It is more then capable of taking great pictures. And if you decide later what features you would like, you can get the appropriate camera.
     
  4. isaac86hatch

    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    1D is really the beginner setup hence the 1.
     
  5. aCab

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    More megapickels =/ better pictars. Go with the XT and invest money on other areas of gear. Bodies come and go.
     
  6. nine

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    rebel xt (body only) = $395
    35f/2 (lens) = $230
    430ex (exterrnal flash) = $240
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    $865

    ok $65 + shipping over your budget. but it'll be worth it.

    you can even buy the flash later
     
  7. aCab

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    Buy the 28 f/1.8 - even better :bigthumb: But more expensive. If you buy used, all three of these things can be had for much cheaper. I'd buy a used 550ex over a new 430ex.
     
  8. g33k

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    yup. then move on to the 40d then the 450d cause when you're pro you can take a good picture with any camera :mamoru:
     
  9. Kirk Hinrich

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  10. whiteghetto

    whiteghetto Timbers Army!!!

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    I found a refurbished Nikon D80 for 600 and love it.
    have had it for about a month.
    I found it on amazon
     
  11. Girth

    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    why not a D80? :dunno:
     
  12. themolsen

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    all i can say for sure is NOT to get the D40x or D60. no AF motor in the body FTMFL
     
  13. whiteghetto

    whiteghetto Timbers Army!!!

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    looks like you can currently get a d80 body for about 650 on amazon
     
  14. White Stormy

    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    after using my brother's xti.. I can't imagine a better camera for a beginner.
     
  15. NetChemica

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    I got a D40 for my first dslr. I kind of regret not getting a canon instead. I'm saving up for a D80 right now though.
     
  16. FINALBOSS

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    You can find 30Ds for under 600 if you search.
     
  17. whiteghetto

    whiteghetto Timbers Army!!!

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    I don't think a budget is listed anywhere?
    what is it?
     
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    r00tman Archiver of LOLs

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    No more than $800.
     
  19. spahndirge

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    I'm in the same predicament, I was thinking of buying the XSi in a few months until I saw this post, should I consider the XTi aswell?
     
  20. MSTRBKR

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    DONT get the D40x or D60.

    No internal motor drive.

    They should print this on the fucking box 'Warning, this camera has a poor selection of lenses that cost twice as much'.

    It's a good camera though.
     
  21. 3-THREE-7

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    I'd go with an XTi. I bought an XT a few years ago, and it was a great entry to dSLRs. Be prepared to spend more on other odds, and ends. Bag, Memory, a lense filter, etc, etc...............etc.
     
  22. r00tman

    r00tman Archiver of LOLs

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    Does the dRebel have that feature?
     
  23. aCab

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    Yes, all Canon DSLRs do. Stupid Nikon.
     
  24. Steef

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    i love my d50
     
  25. r00tman

    r00tman Archiver of LOLs

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    What about the D50, D70 and D80?
     

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